Supporting FLBS

There are several ways to tangibly show your support for Flathead Lake while also providing a contribution to water quality monitoring.

Purchase Flathead Lake 'Keep it Blue' License Plates *

Flathead Lake license plates may be purchased at your local State of Montana Department of Motor Vehicles office when you renew your annual vehicle registration. $20 of every license plate purchase and renewal is contributed to FLBS for lake monitoring. As part of the monitoring program, FLBS researchers have described long-term trends in water quality as affected by expanding population and changing land uses in the Flathead Basin. These studies now provide a basis for minimizing pollution and maintaining the clear, clean water that people associate with the Keep It Blue plate.

Purchasing Keep It Blue plates offers several great benefits: 

  • The Keep It Blue plates allow you to show your support for Flathead Lake and water quality
  • They are an easy and convenient way to make small annual donations towards water quality monitoring costs
  • They send a great message - that you value water quality in the Flathead valley

We at the Flathead Lake Biological Station are reliant on your continued support to maintain the monitoring efforts that have allowed Flathead Lake to remain one of the most pristine large lakes in the world. Your private sector donations and grass roots fundraising, like the Keep It Blue license plate proceeds, help to continue the necessary level of sampling to assess trends in water quality not only in Flathead Lake but in many basin tributaries. Flathead Lake is undoubtedly one of the great jewels of the world and we want to keep it that way!

Help do your part. Spread the Word. Keep It Blue!

* Sponsored by the Flathead Lake Protection Association


XPlore Flathead Lake Map

XPlorer Flathead Lake Artistic Map
The Flathead Lake Map

The Flathead Lake Biological Station and the Flathead Lakers have collaborated with Xplorer Maps of Missoula, Montana to create a unique, artistic rendition of Flathead Lake. The result of this effort is a beautiful watercolor antique style print of Flathead Lake and its surroundings with many illustrations of regional flora and fauna.

Xplorer Maps generously donates a portion of the proceeds from this map to FLBS to benefit the long-term understanding and protection of Flathead Lake through our programs.

Xplorer Maps creates hand-drawn and hand-lettered illustrations of significant natural and historical sites throughout the world. The illustrations are geographically accurate and contain interpretive, educational, cultural and historical information. Xplorer Maps has partnered with a variety of organizations, including Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park, to raise awareness and funding for conservation of these special natural places.

Xplorer Maps will generously donate a significant portion of the proceeds of all purchases from this map to the FLBS to benefit the long-term protection of Flathead Lake through FLBS monitoring programs.

Where Can I Buy the Flathead Lake Map?

Poster versions of the Flathead Lake map are now available for purchase at Xplorer Maps Poster prices begin at $40.



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updated: 4/23/2015 3:49 pm